As I mentioned in the previous post, we recently visited Point Lobos State Reserve. Back in 2010, Jen took her first travel contract in Monterey, California. While we were in Monterey for 3 months, I found work with a local hospitality marketing company. There I met Jerrold. We became fast friends with our common love of craft beers and burritos and have remained in contact over the past years by shipping each other homebrewed beers. Once we were back in Califorinia, I knew it was just a matter of time before we were sharing beers in person back in Monterey.
As luck would have it, Jen had a 3 day weekend right off the bat in Sacramento. So we packed up the car and headed out early on a Friday afternoon to Monterey. We stayed at the Best Western Plus Beach Resort Monterey . Jerrold met up with us that Friday night for a beer at the new craft beer bar in town – Post No Bills. That place is legit. A nice tap selection (they will gladly give you a sample) and they also had a pretty well stocked bottle/can cooler section. Shamelessly, we visited Post No Bills both nights we were in Monterey.
Saturday morning after we had breakfast, we met Jerrold, his wife Nikki and their daughter Sofia to head off to Point Lobos. It’s about a 20 minute drive south of Monterey, past Pebble Beach. Everyone had the same idea that Saturday morning as well. There was a large line to get in. I think it was the typical $10 entrance fee that is usually associated with visiting a state park.
(Sofia + Jen & I in the tide pools – Photos by Jerrold Simon)
For those of you unfamiliar with the Monterey Bay, it is actually a marine sanctuary. Some of the best shoreline, tide pools and marine research happens here. Don’t think I’m forgetting the Monterey Bay Aquarium, as we didn’t visit it this time, but have in the past and it is spectacular.
Back to Point Lobos. There are lots of different parking lots and paths. We walked along the coast. And magically it was sunny for a while. That is quite uncommon in the Monterey Bay. Usually there is a fog that lingers over the area, you can actually see the fog rolling in, in the picture below.
We had a nice afternoon strolling around the tide pools as the tide was out. So we were able to get down and dirty with the sea life.
I’d highly recommend a stop at Point Lobos, especially on a drive down into Big Sur. It was nice to have the established paths and walkways.
Later that night we ventured to one of my favorite Mexican joints in the world. Yes, I said the world. Michael’s Grill & Taqueria, located in Pacific Grove, has one of the best burritos I have had in my life. The blackened chicken burrito is covered in an awesome red sauce and the chicken is seasoned to perfection. My mouth is watering just writing about this beauty.